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Leeds United 2-4 Derby County (3-4 agg): Marriott scores twice to send Rams to Wembley



Derby County had lost their three previous meetings with Leeds United this season

Substitute Jack Marriott was the hero as Derby stunned Leeds to set up a Championship play-off final against Aston Villa after a wild night at Elland Road.

The hosts took the lead on the night to go 2-0 up on aggregate when Stuart Dallas tapped in after Liam Cooper’s header had hit the post.

Marriott levelled with his first touch before half-time after a horrendous mix-up at the back between Cooper and keeper Kiko Casilla.

The Rams turned the tie on its head after the break through Mason Mount and a Harry Wilson penalty only for Dallas to drift in and fire Leeds back level on aggregate.

Leeds defender Gaetano Berardi was then sent off for a poor challenge on Bradley Johnson before Marriott won it late on with a composed finish.

There was still time for Derby defender Scott Malone to join Berardi in also being dismissed after collecting a second booking in time added on.

For Leeds, who finished third in the table, defeat means their spell outside the top flight will stretch to a 16th year.

Derby, meanwhile, become the first team to lose the first leg of a Championship play-off semi-final at home and go on to reach the final.

Rams stage improbable comeback on incredible night

There had been no indication of what would transpire on this crazy night in West Yorkshire when Dallas gave Leeds the lead.

They had won all three of the previous meetings between the two sides by an aggregate of 7-1 and Derby looked short of ideas when they did manage to launch any attacks.

However, with half-time approaching, Rams boss Frank Lampard brought Marriott on for midfielder Duane Holmes and the former Peterborough man had an instant impact, tapping in after Cooper and Casilla ran in to one another to leave him with an open goal.

Jack Marriott netted the first of his two goals with his first touch

A brilliant finish from Chelsea loanee Mason Mount put them in front on the night and Harry Wilson, on loan from Liverpool, kept his composure to fire home from the spot after Cooper pulled Mason Bennett’s shirt in the area to spark wild scenes in the away end.

Leeds responded well and Dallas deservedly drew them level in the tie with a wonderful finish but Berardi’s red card shifted the momentum once more and defender Richard Keogh sprinted out of defence to play a measured pass to Marriott who poked in to send Derby to Wembley.

More to follow.


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